Razor

Razor

From dark matter detectors and quantum computers to Mars rovers and radical climate change solutions, Razor talks to the world’s leading scientists, technologists, engineers, mathematicians, and startup entrepreneurs to find out how they're working to build a better future for us all.

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  • Using a plant's natural defences against viruses - #RAZOR

    There are at least 1,000 different kinds of plant viruses that exist in nature. They can wipe out large areas of farmland and pose a huge threat to agriculture. Yang Zhao has met the scientists in Beijing who are using the natural defence mechanisms of plants as a means of virus control.

    Read m...

  • BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC: Solution for our plastic waste problem? - #RAZOR

    Since the 1950s, the mass production of plastic has led to billions of tons of waste every year. Almost a third of all plastic ends up in natural environments, where it remains for hundreds of years. Razor meets the team behind Polymateria, a start up that's hoping to tackle this very urgent prob...

  • Measuring ocean currents #RAZOR

    Massive ocean currents, such as the Gulf Stream, move heat from one part of the planet to the other. This process, in part, helps to give Western Europe its mild winter climate. 🌍

    But climate change is already having a visible effect on the world's temperatures and scientists are starting to bu...

  • Plant antivirus, ocean currents and biodegradable plastic #RAZOR

    Since the 1950s, the mass production of plastic has led to billions of tons of waste every year. Almost a third of all plastic ends up in natural environments, where it remains for hundreds of years. #RAZOR meets the team behind Poly-materia, a start up that's hoping to tackle this very urgent pr...

  • The telescope that could reveal new secrets about the universe - #RAZOR

    Emma Keeling finds out more about the James Webb Space Telescope, which promises to be the most powerful and complex telescope ever launched into space, fundamentally altering our understanding of the universe.

    The JWST is NASA’s planned successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, though it's mirr...

  • Ransomware and Psychedelic revolution - #RAZOR

    💊 Drugs are bad...or are they? #Razor examines the psychedelic revolution which is taking place in the fields of medicinal and psychological research where it’s proving to have a radical impact in the treatment of mental health conditions.

    Emma Keeling talks to Dr Rick Doblin from the Multidisci...

  • How psychedelics could transform our treatment of mental health problems #RAZOR

    Drugs are bad...or are they?

    RAZOR examines the psychedelic revolution which is taking place in the fields of medicinal and psychological research where it’s proving to have a radical impact in the treatment of mental health conditions. Emma Keeling talks to Rick Doblin from the Multidisciplina...

  • Ransomware: what are they and how do they work? #RAZOR

    Over the last few years, ransomware attacks have been on the rise, targeting key infrastructure and supply chains. Just recently, the world’s largest meat producer, JBS SA, was forced to shut down some of its North American factories in response to a ransomware attack, impacting world markets. Bu...

  • Vaccines and COVID-19 variants: the facts you need to know - #RAZOR

    💉 Vaccines have been a remarkable success story of the COVID-19 pandemic. A range were rolled out in just a year with clinical trial data suggesting very high levels of effectiveness against SARS CoV 2 infection. However, they have a chink in their armour: variants.

    At the beginning of 2021, th...

  • China's elephant march #RAZOR

    Images of a herd of 15 Asian elephants trekking through China's south-western Yunnan province have gone viral on social media and captured the imagination of the world. Since then, the Chinese government have dispatched a Taskforce of 360 people, 76 cars and nine drones to track it. 🐘 🐘 🐘

    #RAZO...

  • Vaccines and variants and elephant march #RAZOR

    Vaccines have been a remarkable success story of the COVID-19 pandemic. A range were rolled out in just a year with clinical trial data suggesting very high levels of effectiveness against SARS CoV 2 infection. But what about variants? At the beginning of 2021, the Alpha, Beta and Gamma variants ...

  • Are e-scooters the future of greener commuting? #RAZOR

    An electric scooter trial is underway in London, with e-scooters available to rent in a small number of areas. 🛴

    It follows trials in more than 40 towns and cities across the UK as the government considers whether to follow European neighbors and legalize e-scooters on roads. 🛣

    It's hoped this...

  • Light therapy update #RAZOR

    Light therapy is having a dramatic impact on Denmark's mental health. 💡

    Emma Keeling catches up with the team at Chromaviso who are artificially recreating the changing patterns of natural light which support our circadian rhythm, and applying that technology in care homes where it's having a dr...

  • Darting drones #RAZOR

    Forests are often described as the lungs of Earth, covering approximately 31 percent of its surface. Sadly, this area is shrinking rapidly, with an estimated area the size of Greece being destroyed every year. 🌲

    Monitoring the health of these forests plays a crucial role in protecting them, but...

  • Darting drones, light therapy and Comet Catalina: #RAZOR full episode

    Forests are often described as the lungs of Earth, covering approximately 31 percent of its surface. Sadly, this area is shrinking rapidly, with an estimated area the size of Greece being destroyed every year. 🌲

    Monitoring the health of these forests plays a crucial role in protecting them, but...

  • Blood snow #RAZOR

    Come on a science journey with #RAZOR and find out what exactly blood snow is and how it is providing key information to scientists about global warming. 🌍

    #RAZOR is on TikTok 📱 https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMew4GC9B/

    Discover this and other stories on #RAZOR​​ Youtube channel, the science & technolo...

  • Saving Europe’s endangered eels #RAZOR

    The once-common European Eel is critically endangered. Over the past 40 years, the number of juvenile eels in European rivers has fallen by over 90%, largely due to more than million weirs and dams that block their migratory paths. In the UK, however, successful collaboration between conservation...

  • Endangered eels and blood snow: #RAZOR full episode

    In this week's RAZOR full episode, find out how successful collaboration between conservation groups, fisheries and local enforcement is starting to turn the tide for critically endangered eels. 🌊

    Also in the show, discover what exactly blood snow is and how it is providing key information to s...

  • Gray whales, space junk and carbon storage - #Razor

    🐋 Over the last two years, an unusual number of gray whales have been washing up, dead or dying on the west coasts of the U.S. and Mexico.

    Their summer feeding season usually allows them to bulk up to over 40 tonnes before embarking on what is the longest migration of any mammal. But many of the...

  • Why are the gray whales dying? #RAZOR

    Over the last two years, an unusual number of gray whales have been washing up, dead or dying on the west coasts of the U.S. and Mexico. Their summer feeding season usually allows them to bulk up to over 40 tonnes before embarking on what is the longest migration of any mammal. But many of the an...

  • UK doctors help remotely as India battles second deadly wave #RAZOR

    India is suffering from a deadly second wave of COVID-19 infections.

    For months, people have been desperately trying to find help for their loved ones amid shortages of hospital beds, drugs and even oxygen.

    Emma Keeling speaks to Dr Bharat Pankhana from the University of Exeter Medical School...

  • How do you make an orchestra COVID-19 safe? #RAZOR

    When the pandemic hit, many musicians were forced to take their work home. 🏠 🎼

    For an industry that needs both an audience and close collaboration to survive, this was particularly hard. So when Mele Willis from the Minnesota Orchestra wanted to find a safer way for musicians to return to the s...

  • Dark skies and food versus exercise #RAZOR

    Why do so many diets lead to more weight gain? Do more active people have faster metabolisms? Is exercise essential for weight loss? 🥕 🍏

    Over the past 20 years, evolutionary biologist Herman Pontzer has conducted ground-breaking studies across a range of settings, including pioneering fieldwork...

  • Dark skies #RAZOR

    Tucson Arizona is famous for its dark skies. Its three observatories attract astronomers from across the United States. 🌌

    So when the local government decided to upgrade its streetlights they made sure to consult with an astronomer. What they weren’t expecting was that the astronomer, John Baran...